It was such a pleasant surprise to be put on call this morning. Everyone still got up early though and we chilled for an hour or so then made a batch of musubi for lunches. Our landlord came by just as we were getting ready to head to the soup kitchen and let us know that they would be showing the house in two hours so we madly rushed around and straitened everything up before we left. We got to the soup kitchen a little late, then worked on a few things that needed to be done for set up and soon it was lunch. Isabel was going to meet us at the church after lunch. We then drove home and got our swimming suits just hanging out at the house until two. With my on call shift ending at 3pm and it taking me an hour to get there we with the phone still turned on headed towards the beach to Isaac Hale and Pohoiki warm springs. The kids played for several hours then we tried out the hot pool before heading home. Caleb jumping in. And Hannah jumping in! The dog below would find floating coconuts and would husk it with its teeth like a play toy, such a perfect dog to have here in Hawaii! Husking the coconut is the hardest job, breaking it open after that is easy. A little path through the trees to the warm pool! Caleb was braking into this coconut for us, he gave up after a short while. On the way home from the soup kitchen Chad asked the kids if they had fun with Isabel and it was a unanimous yell, “YES,” from the back seat followed by, “we have to go there again!” Thanks for the fun day Isabel.
Hawaii local attractions
We were headed to a beach up by Waikaloa u till we saw a beautiful lagoon north of Kona and just had to try to figure out how to get there!
This above GPS screen shot shows where we were on 19 when we saw the Lagoon and stopped! We backed tracked a short ways and found Kīholo State Park, we parked our car and then headed down the peach toward the lagoon.
We hadn’t made it too far down the beach when we discovered a fresh spring of cold water filling this lava tube! I ran back to the car to get the suits we had forgotten in the car and we dashed to find a good tree to change behind! A man there had a water proof flash light and after receiving permission we followed them into the cave a ways. We didn’t take the camera with us (phone). It’s not so water proof.
Ok, this better not be the last time we have this, we will have to learn how to make this sauce at home.
Such a fun day! One of our bests! Now for a good night sleep and some cute Hawaiian babies in the morning.
Again with no plan and not wanting to waste my last day off this week we headed out to explore more of the Hamakua Coast. Well we took a detour and checked out a few more beaches in Hilo. It was raining and not really a good hang at the beach day. Then we headed up to Akaka Falls.
Waipi’o is the valley of the Kings once filled with people now only about 100 people live there. You have to have 4 wheel drive to get down there. We didn’t hike it today but now we have at least seen it.
With no real plan and only one main objective today turned out perfect. The goal was to get out of the house and do something we have not yet done. We had driven by the Natural Energy Lab tidepools before on a really hot day in the middle of the afternoon when we were looking for waves and it didn’t really fit the bill. Today we got out early so a quiet place where the kids could explore sounded best so we set our GPS. As we pulled onto the road with the tidepools we noticed a seahorse farm sign….hmm that looks fun. We checked it out, bummer, it was only open Monday-Friday we will have to come back.
Eve thinks she is showing you her finds, but she is showing you her awesome pair is shoes. She keeps leaving her shoes places like the bathroom at the beach or the play ground and when it is time to go and she looks for them they have dissapeared. So today she had no shoes left to wear even though Chad has bought her two pairs of flip flops this week. So she has found two flip flops in the tide pools. One my size one is her size.
We loved the bottle top art work showing the islands at Ultimate Burger. And this Lehua flower was or table decoration. Hannah is trying to lick ice cream off her nose. Tables in the shape of the islands at this park on the way home. The kids played in the rain at Punalu’u beach a busy but fun day!
When I was a kid we did not have garbage services no big fancy truck came by the house and emptied our cans and carried away the waste. We had burn barrels for some of the trash, yard debris was composted and or fed to the animals, and occasionally some of the bigger things had to be taken to the dump. It cost money to take things to the dump and is kids would occasionally come home with new treasures we had found there. As an adult I have become accustomed to garbage services. It is quite nice to have our refuse picked up curb side weekly and our recycle too. Here in Hawaii (on the big island in our neighborhood at least) there is no garbage services. When our landlord first told us that we would have to take our own garbage to the dump I was thinking that it sure could add up quick but was pleasantly surprised when we descovered that it was free. (Still I am not a fan of putting full trash bags in the trunk of the car to drive the distance to the dump…..stinky….and if a bag should rip or break 🙊) Once a week or so we have a couple of bags that need to be taken to the dump. They have paper bins, glass bins, newspaper, plastic, and any items that may be useful to another person are sorted and often times free or for a small price are available to be reused.
Last Tuesday Hannah got this leather purse for $1 and has since washed it well and takes it everywhere it has replaced the one she got for Christmas that has already had its strap broken off. Caleb got a nice name brand one strap backpack for $2 (the only pic I have of it below) everything else they have found has been free (wallets and books).
I really didn’t think we would get to see actual lava in our time here. Yes we had been to the volcano and observed the glow from the caldera at night, that was way cool, but we couldn’t say that we saw the actual lava. For the last two days people have been saying the magma chamber is full and it is visible at the top! Could it really be true!?! We rested at the house and read until 3:00pm when we made our way to the volcano. You have to go early in the day to get a parking spot at the overlook. In broad daylight you could see streams of orange lava bubble up. If you could see it mid day it was going to be good come night. To keep the kids entertained until then was going to be the trick. We opted for the 0.5 mile hike to check out the campground.
By the time we got back we only had an hour and a half to wait. The kids and I read books in the bookstore until 7:00pm when it was finally dark. These guys are good at volcanos but maybe not so good at math. It should say 32 years according to their dates I only noticed because it is near my birthdate and year. (I’m getting old)
I could have sat with a blanket on the rock wall for many more hours. Simply mesmerizing! Better than fireworks and that says a lot because they are one of my favorite things ever. This will probably be the only time in our whole lives that we will see molten lava a few football fields away from us. We have been so blessed to experience this. God’s amazing creation is so awe inspiring.
It felt like an awefully late start this morning but in truth we just got up way too early! After, laundry, breakfast, dishes, coffee, reading, and waiting for Caleb to get his school work done it was still only 9:30 AM when we left the house this morning. We threw in the towels and boogie boards because we just never know what the day will entail and we have to leave room for some spontaneity (the suits and snorkles are always kept in the car besides for washing). There was a few things on the to do list so really we just went eeny meeny (is that even how you spell that). It was raining pretty good in Hilo so we opted out of the activities in Hilo and headed for the mountains. We had been asked if we had seen the Mauna Kea observatory yet and we hadn’t so we decided to do that. One wrong turn and a 13 mile long one lane road took is to the Mauna Loa Observatory very cool. I was so green at the gills as it was an amazing road with twists and turns, texture and no shoulders good thing on the way up at least we met no cars. The altitude at the top was over 11,000 feet which was a huge change from sea level an hour before. I don’t know what I have ever experienced altitude sickness, but I was a bit off balance and shakey and wasn’t sure if it was car sickness or altitude sickness. In pulling Eve out of the car (because she has a gift for being the slowest being on the planet sometimes) I stepped off the ledge, a little one but still, and we both tumbled to the ground with only minor injuries.
We hadn’t taken a family picture on an outing in a while so we took an oportunity to take on on top of Mauna Loa.
The summit at 13,976 feet is only the measurement of what is above sea level, it continues below the sea quite a ways making its hight in its entirety the largest mountain in the world. They do have summit tours on Saturdays and we want to go back sometime and do it. With it being lunch time we had a long time to wait until the 6:00pm astronomy presentation. We opted to drive down to Kona and check out the downtown and have dinner then come back. We got some astronaut ice cream to try on the way.
Kona was sunny and hot, there was a cruise ship in so there was plenty of oportunities for people watching.
We got back to Mauna Kea observatory just in time.
The local pest. Had been popping out of our woodwork one at a time and I have just not been quick enough to squish it before it skitters back into hiding. We are not overly eager to share our home with these guys so today Chad sprayed for them in our problem area. This guy was waiting for us when we got home this afternoon.
We are going to have to make a decontamination plan so we don’t take any of these buggers home with us. Our plan right now is just keeping our bags and clothes off the floor. I think that will be sufficient.
it was my first time to the Rainforest Zion here in Hilo, the kids had gone before and were really excited to show me all of the animals. I have to say I enjoyed the veggitation as much or more than the animals. I did love the anteater. I don’t think I had ever seen one before.
A cow print frog!!! Just my style!
Merrie Monarch is a yearly Hula competition held in Hilo. There are craft fairs during the day, a parade the the dancing in the evening Wednesday-Saturday. A lot of the dances and chants are traditional dances memorized and performed as a way of passing on the story of Hawaiian history and legend. It is very interesting to watch and see all the floral and feather fashion and the different dance moves. It is televised so we attended the craft show but watched the rest on television. We were advised that it is better seen on TV because when you attend the actual event you are so far away it is hard to see. That and the tickets were already sold out so our only chance was to stand in line all day on the free day, Wednesday, it hopes to get decent seats. Hannah told us that next time we should just stand in line because it would have been good to have the experience even if the seats were bad. I’m with her and kind of regret not doing it, but I didn’t have a bad headache on Wednesday so it would have been rough…..hind sight is 20X20.
We tried normal lu’au tyep food, the kids weren’t a big fan of poi, but they did like the salted salmon, kalua pork, and coconut with sweet potatoes. They liked the long transparent, mung bean looking, rice noodles too. We didn’t buy anything but it was very fun to look at the hand made items and people watch.